ATLANTA -- His second career start against Georgia isn’t one that Georgia Tech quarterback Tevin Washington will want to keep in his golden memory scrapbook.
The junior suffered through one of his worst games of the season and was replaced in the fourth quarter by freshman Synjyn Days as Georgia won 31-17 on Saturday.
“We just have to play better,” Washington said. “We have to put ourselves in position to win.”
That didn’t happen Saturday. Washington ran the ball 13 times for 41 yards, his lowest output since a 36-yard effort against Miami. He completed 3-of-10 passes for 34 yards with two interception, the first time he has not thrown for more than 100 yards since a 24-yard effort in the loss to Virginia. The two interceptions came in the third quarter and led to the Georgia score that put the game out of reach.
Days took advantage of his chance. He rushed six times for 17 yards and completed 3-of-5 passes for 78 yards, including a 36-yard hookup with Stephen Hill. Days had not played since Georgia Tech’s game against Miami.
“Tevin has been our quarterback all year,” Georgia Tech head coach Paul Johnson said. “I am excited about Synjyn. I think he can bring some things to the offense, but it’s not fair to judge him on the two series that he played this game.”
It appeared that Georgia Tech had caught a break just prior to halftime when Blair Walsh missed a 41-yard field goal. With Georgia leading 14-10, Walsh clanked a low liner to the left following a bad snap.
But seconds prior to the snap, Johnson had called a time out in an attempt to ice Walsh, thus negating the missed kick. On the do-over, Walsh got a good snap and booted it down the middle to give the Bulldogs a 17-10 halftime lead.
“It seems like sometimes that’s the way it goes,” Johnson said. “There’s nothing you can do about it. Sometimes it just goes that way. If I had known they would have had a bad snap, I wouldn’t have called time out.”
The attendance was announced at 54,925, but Bobby Dodd Stadium was not filled. There were plenty of vacancies in the student areas of the north stands and a pocket of empty seats in the south stands. The stadium’s capacity is listed at 55,000.
Georgia Tech failed to score in the opening quarter for only the second time this season. The Yellow Jackets came up empty against Miami, too, but they had otherwise outscored their opposition 115-55 in the first quarter.
Representatives of the Sun Bowl were on hand to observe the game. That seems to be where the Yellow Jackets are headed for the Dec. 31 game in El Paso against an opponent from the Pac-12.
Chandler Anderson of Columbus and Deon Hill of Phenix City did not play.